Sake On-nomi #8 - Sake Geographic Indication

For the 8th IRA Sake On-nomi, we will be doing a sake talk on Japanese Sake Geographic Indication.  geographical indication (GI) refers to an identifier for a product as originating from a particular territory which has given the product its special quality or reputation. A great example is Champagne.

Japan currently has 6 different GIs for Sake. The first of course is the GI for Japanese Sake itself, which must be made in Japan with Japanese raw ingredients. The other 5 GIs in order of registration are, GI Hakusan, GI Yamagata, GI Nadagogo, GI Harima and GI Mie. These 5 areas are conveniently marked out on the feature image. GI Hakusan is quite a small area.

We will talk abit about the different characteristics of each area.

We have 5 x 80ml of sample sakes in a tasting flight. This will be available for $48 per set. For the full bottle set, we will include 5 bottles of sake together at $358 (usual price $408). 


We will be running a Zoom Live Video Conference for the Sake GI On-nomi  on Wednesday, 22 July 2020. The event will start at 8pm. The room will launch at 7:45pm for networking. To join, please purchase our Tasting Set or Full Bottle Set at our website

For people who just want to watch, we will also be covering this tasting live on our Instagram Page

We will sms/whatsapp you the zoom meeting room on the day before the meeting! Meeting details will also be included in the tasting sets together with the Sake Details and Tasting notes.

Please note: the tasting sets will only be sent out during the late afternoon of the event day. We will bottle the samples that day to keep it as fresh as possible.

See you!

GI Sake Selection

1. GI HAKUSAN - Kikuhime Junmai Yamahai "Tsuru no Sato" 
Full, tart, herbal and wild as it gets. While it is balanced and very well crafted, it is a big sake. Eschewing fruit for pine and other forest-like greenery touches, one glass and you will know the nature of yamahai sake.

2. GI YAMAGATA - Toko Junmai Daiginjo Yamadanishiki
Juicy aroma of melon, pear, cotton candy. Hints of pineapple and peaches, well-balanced with just enough sweetness and a light beautiful texture, finishes complex and dry. Green apple acidity and good umami.

3. GI NADAGOGO - Nihonsakari Junmai Ginjo "Souhana"
A favourite of the Imperial Family, only made available to the public in 1970. This was used for the coronation of 4 Emperors. Souhana is one of the most versatile sake, fresh crisp and gentle when chilled, and deep, matured and settled flavours with a velvety texture when warmed. 

4. GI HARIMA - Nadagiku Junmai Daiginjo "Kiku no Shizuku"
A quintessential Junmai Daiginjo; distinctly aromatic with fresh fruits such as melon and pears and soft ground water. Smoothly textured, with considerable depth and width on the palate. Probably the most affordable Shizuku sake.

5. GI MIE - Miyanoyuki Junmai Ginjo
Fresh Pear like fragrance which is slowly fermented at low temperature. This is mildly fry with a hint of sweetness and rich in rice flavours.

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Our Previous Sake On-nomi

Sake On-nomi #7 - Cheese with Sake Pairing
Sake On-nomi #6 - Namazake Selection
Sake On-nomi #5 - Sake Blind Tasting
Sake On-nomi #4 - Premium Daiginjo Selection
Sake On-nomi #3 - Unique Style Selection
Sake On-nomi #2 - Niigata Sake Selection
Sake On-nomi #1 - Dewazakura from Yamagata

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